iOS 5.0.1 Now Available

Earlier today, Apple finally released iOS 5.0.1. The update includes a fix for battery life issues that some iPhone 4S users are experiencing, Siri improvements for Australian users, multitasking gestures for the first generation iPad, and an important fix for the Smart Cover security flaw that was revealed last month.

Along with the release of the new update, Apple Stores have also received official memos on how to deal with battery life issues. Stores are being instructed not to replace phones with poor battery life until the software fix, so if you’re one of those unlucky iPhone 4S users, you’ll just have to keep a charger handy for the next few weeks.

Release notes:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds multitasking gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with documents in the cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

To install the update, simply fire up iTunes, connect your device, and choose “Update”. Alternatively, you can download the new firmware via these links:

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  • Anonymous

    iPhone 4 and iPad 2 updated simultaneously.
    Sweet as a Golden Delicious with a wedge of Chedder

  • Anonymous

    You don’t need to “fire up” iTunes or download any firmware to install the update. You can just go to “Software Update” in the settings of the iDevice and download it right on the device. The ability to do it this way was a feature that was added with iOS 5.